What's on for older children

Showkids drama, Singing and dance workshops

ShowKids run drama, singing and dance workshops and courses for children aged 4-16yrs at:


The Round Chapel

Mondays: 4pm 4-7yrs & 5pm - 7-11yrs.

Tuesdays: 5pm 4-7yrs


Stoke Newington, The Old Fire Station

Thursdays: 4pm 4-7yrs & 5pm 7-11yrs


These lovely classes are incredibly nurturing. They incorporate dance, singing and drama into the workshops with each having a focus on an underpinning life skill such as empathy, communication and team work. All workshops and courses are taught by qualified performing arts teachers (PGCE) and trained actors to ensure the highest of standards.


Showkids also also caters for those wanting to pursue acting within a professional setting by embedding industry techniques and terminology into the workshops each week with clear guidance and support for development.


Visit www.showkids.co.uk or call 07889925225 for more

Make Believe Performing Arts School

Make Believe is a leading children’s performing arts school. Founded in 2004 and now recognised as one of the top theatre schools in the UK, Make Believe provides after-school singing, dancing and acting training to students aged three to 18. Along with its performing arts schools, Make Believe boasts a production company, franchise network, talent agency and events.

Students benefit from a complete performing arts education which helps them gain confidence, stretch their imagination and provides them with skills for life. In a safe and friendly environment, they strive to ensure all students maximise their potential whilst having fun and making friends. The syllabus includes singing, acting and dancing.

All of the teachers are industry professionals with enhanced DBS checks

Based in Stoke Newington Secondary School & Sixth Form on Wednesday evenings.

Infant class (3-5 years) 17.30 - 19:00
Juniors (6-9 years) 17.30 - 20.30
Seniors (10+ years) 17.30 - 20.30

Students over 6 years old receive 1-hour dance, 1-hour drama and 1-hour singing.

Book your FREE TRIAL online: http://makebelievegroup.co.uk/make-believe-stoke-newington/

Celtic Star Irish Dance Academy

The popularity of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance showed the world how energetic and inspirational Irish dance can be, at Celtic Star we aspire to recreate those exciting experiences for your child. Their syllabus, developed through 40 years of experience, uses carefully designed exercises, props & music to teach the different Irish dance routines


Suitable for children aged 2-12

St Mary’s Church – Church Road

“Little Jiggers” Classes

An exciting new adventure for your little one !! Having fun & learning basics steps to Irish dance improving posture, co ordination and making new friends. Children now start to remember set exercises... Suitable for 3 – 4 year olds

Irish Dance Classes

Children aged 4-12 have fun their, remembering set exercises and dances and introduce hard “tap” dancing while strengthening posture, improving balance and fitness. Suitable for 4 – 12 year olds

Tuesday’s: 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Tuesday’s: 4.05pm – 4.45pm

Tuesday’s: 4.50pm – 5.30pm

London Fencing Club

London Fencing Club provides lively, fun and safe children's classes for complete beginners and those with basic fencing knowledge. Each class is taught using games to improve speed and co-ordination, develop specific fencing skills and tactical thinking. Kids learn fencing bladework and footwork, rules of courtesy during a fencing bout and refereeing skills. 

At the more advanced stages they can take part in competitions fencing for the club, their school, borough and maybe even the country. All coaches have international competitive experience.


Suitable for children aged 7 to 14, equipment provided, just bring PE clothes


Starting dates: 16 and 19 April 2018.
7 - 9 year olds: Mondays, 5.40 pm - 6.55 pm.
10 - 13 year olds: Thursdays, 5.40 pm - 6.55 pm.

Venue: Gymnasium of Central Foundation Boys' School, Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4SH (1-minute walk from Old Street Underground).

Book online at www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/children_fencing_london.php.

Studio N16

Studio N16 offers a variety of classes covering everything from Performing Arts, Street Dance and Beginners Tap to large Ensemble groups.  They're suitable for children aged 4-14.

Fees are both affordable and flexible, with significant discounts available for siblings. Classes take place at Stoke Newington School on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays www.sn16.com/classes

Circus Dreams School of Aerial and Acrobatic Arts

A new circus school is bringing aerial and acrobatic arts to the heart of Stoke Newington.


Launched by local couple Heidi Hickling-Moore and Edward Connors, Circus Dreams offers classes to everyone, from young babies and children to teenagers, professional dancers and adults.


The school is making circus, in particular trapeze, acrobatics and aerial skills accessible to everyone. 


The classes take place on Sundays – and there are various age categories, including a family session, Kids (age 5-11), teens (age 11-18) and adults (age 16+).  Circus Dreams also offers performances at large events such as weddings and parties.  To find out more visit: www.circus-dreams.com and click here to view the Circus Dreams video.

Little Kickers Soccer Classes

Little Kickers have launched classes in Stoke Newington on Sundays at Stoke Newington School.

9.10-9.55 junior kickers (2-3.5 year olds)

10am-10.45 Mighty Kickers (3.5-5 year olds)

10.50- 11.35 junior kickers (2-3.5 year olds)

11.40- 12.25 Mighty Kickers (3.5-5 year olds)

Children can be registered online at www.littlekickers.co.uk for places to start straight away or call 0208 9582808 for details.

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Ballet North

Fantastic Fun, professional ballet classes in Stokey with Ballet North!


Mondays Stoke Newington School 5.30pm Preparatory Ballet (Age 4-6)

Mondays Stoke Newington School 6.15pm Primary Ballet (Age 6 +)

Mondays Stoke Newington School 7 - 8pm Adult Beginner - Intermediate Ballet


Thursdays N16 Boilerhouse 9.30 Parent and Toddler Ballet (18months +)

Thursdays N16 Boilerhouse 10am Baby Ballet (Age 2.5 +)

Thursdays N16 Boilerhouse 4pm Under 5s Ballet

Thursdays N16 Boilerhouse 4.30pm Preparatory Ballet (Age 4-6)


Saturday Stoke Newington School 1.30pm Baby/ Under 5s ballet

Saturday Stoke Newington School 2pm Preparatory Ballet (Age 4-6)

Saturday Stoke Newington School 2.45 - 3.30pm Youth Ballet (Age 9-14)


Vistit www.balletnorth.co.uk or email info@balletnorth.co.uk for more info and booking




GymnasticsThe Cube (46 Milton Grove, N16 8QY) offers gymnastics coaching for children. Visit www.nelgc.org or call 0207 9237239. 

Moving Shadow Karate Club

Moving Shadow Karate Club takes oplace on Saturdays at St Michael's and All Angel's Church (E8 eLR) from 10am-12noon. Suitable for children aged 5-16. 

The Martial Arts Place

The Martial Arts Place (N16 8DR) offers kickboxing classes for all ages (3+) on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Email n16@themartialartsplace.com for more info.

Tigers Karate Club

Tigers Karate Club meets at Abney Public Hall (73a Stoke Newington Church Street) on Thursdays from 4.30pm-5.30pm. Cost: £5 per session. Email tigerskarate1999@yahoo.co.uk 

Stoke Newington Cricket Club

Stoke Newington Cricket Club meets at Clissold Park, The Petchey Academy and Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre. Coaching is open to children aged 4-17 and takes place throughout the year on every term-time Saturday. Winter and Spring term coaching takes place at The Petchey Academy on Saturday mornings (yrs 1-4) and Queensbridge (yrs 5-8 ). Summer term coaching takes place in Clissold Park. Meet by the paddling pool.Just turn up. First session is free, after that it’s £30.00 per term plus a £10.00 annual registration fee for which you receive a free club cap and shirt. www.stokenewington.play-cricket.com

Hackney Bulls Youth Rugby Club

Hackney Bulls Youth Rugby Club train at Clissold Park (under 12s) and at Springhill Park (Under 13s through to under 16s) between 10am and 12noon on Sunday mornings September-April.Hackney Bulls rugby Based at Clissold Park and Springhill Park. The club caters for ages 6 – 15 years. Visit Visit www.hackneybulls.co.uk

Clissold Rangers FC

Clissold Rangers FC offers technical football training for girls and boys aged 5-12 at 10am every Saturday at Clissold Park. Just turn up with boots and shin pads and pay £3.  The players meet by the park’s North West Gate on Green Lanes (next to the corner with Greenway Close). Teams play in the East London and Essex League. Visit www.clissoldrangers.com

Leyton Orient Football Club

Leyton Orient Football Club offers Saturday morning coaching (from 10am till 11.30am) for children aged 5-12. Just turn up and contribute £2 per child. The club meets on the field on the Green Lanes side of Clissold Park close to the Park Lodge gate. Teams for under 9s, under 10s and under 11s also play in a Sunday league.

Little Soccer Stars

Young footballers aged 3-10 train at Clissold Park on Saturday mornings with Little Soccer Stars. Places are limited and there's often a waiting list so sign up early. Email: info@littlesoccerstars.com or visit www.littlesoccerstars.com

Hackney City Tennis Clubs

Hackney City Tennis Clubs offers courses at Clissold Park for children and adults. Call 020 7254 4235 or visit www.hackneycitytennisclubs.co.uk

Fujian White Crane Kung Fu classes

Fujian White Crane Kung Fu classes take place at The Old Fire Station in Leswin Road, N167NX on Tuesdays at 5.30pm for 'Young Stylists'

Visit www.fwckungfu.com/clubs/fwc=stoke-newington

Moving Shadow Karate Club

This takes place on Saturdays at St Michael's and All Angel's Church (E8 eLR) from 10am-12noon. Suitable for children aged 5-16. Cost: 6

Sea Cadets

Sea Cadets is open to young people aged 10-18. It's a chance to learn to sail and take part in adventure training. Contact the Islington and Stoke Newington branch for details.

Visit: www.sea-cadets.org/islingtonstokenewington

Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre Youth Club

Open to young people aged 8 to 16, the centre runs  watersports based youth club on Saturdays throughout the year and Wednesday evenings during the Summer. Places are limited - check with the Centre for times of sessions and prices.

Ballet classes

Ballet classes take place every Monday at Clissold Leisure Centre from 4.30pm till 6.30pm for children aged 3-12. They're part of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing syllabus. Contact 07789 605166  for more information on fees and uniform. www.dancershealth.com

Regal Ballet

Regal Ballet runs classes for older children after school in Abney Hall, Church Street on Mondays and Tuesdays and at St Mary's in Church Street on Fridays. RAD exams offered too. Visit www.regalballet.com and book your free trial lesson.

Ballet classes

Ballet classes are offered at Yoga Home on Allen Road on Wednesday afternoons. 4.45pm for 5 and 6 year olds and 5.15pm for 7-11 year olds. £5 per session. www.yogahome.com

Girls Yoga classes

These classes take place on Monday afternoons at The Old Fire Station in Leswin Road.

Yoga Buds: Yoga and Mindfulness Circle for girls ages 7-8: introducing yoga with stories ,games , songs plus Yoga Nidra and basic mindfulness/meditation principles


Yoga Blossoms: Yoga and Mindfulness for girls ages 9-11 This class addresses the developmental changes and needs of this delicate transitional stage in girls lives. Sharing is encouraged through partner yoga, circle time, talking piece and mindful games. Deep listening and relaxation help the children adjust and find their new place in the world and learn to use their intuition as a guiding light.


Yoga Flowers:  Yoga and Mindfulness Circle for girls ages 12+ 

Contact: elenariu@easynet.co.uk

Kids Yoga

Kids Yoga sessions take place at One Life Studio (19-20 Barn Street) on Wednesdays (4pm-4.45pm) for children aged 6-10. Cost £8 per session. To book visit www.onelifepersonaltraining.co.uk or email yogawithesme@gmail.com

Adrenalin Dance

Adrenalin Dance's class introduces young dancers to contemporary dance technique. Students explore their own choreographic language as well as learning safe and effective dance practice.

When:  Tuesday 5:15 -6:15 pm,6 week terms starting 7 June . 

Ages: 7-12 Beginners welcome Cost : £5 per class x 6 weeks =£30 (Trial class £4 )Where : st John at Hackney Church, E5 0pd enquiries and enrolment : Info@adrenalindance.com

Dance fusion classes

Dance fusion classes take place in the Boiler House Community Centre on Cazenove Road at 10.45am on Saturday mornings. Drop in or pay by term. Suitable for children aged 3-6. Email info@liftedandgifted.co.uk

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Reel Rebels drumming classes for children.

Every Wednesday at 7A Bouverie Mews, Stoke Newington,  N16 0AE.

Your youngsters will enjoy a group session and learn to play all the individual components of the drum-kit-bass drum, snare, toms and other percussive instruments.

Learn different rhythms including samba, reggae, rock, jazz and flamenco.

4pm-5pm (5-6 years olds) & 5.15pm-6.15pm (7-10 year olds.)


Drop in £6 per class or £20pcm.


Individual music classes are available upon request.

To find out more call 07962 583749 or email rebelmusic@reelrebelsradio.com

Stagecoach singing. dancing and drama

For children aged 6-18. Classes take place for three hours each week during term-time, either after school or at weekends. Fridays 4.45pm till 7.45pm, Saturdays 10am till 1pm and 2.30pm till 5.30pm. The cost is £324 per12 week term. For younger children the fee  is £162 per term and hourly sessions take place at 4.15pm on Fridays and at 9.30am, 11.15am, 12.45pm and 2.15pm on Saturdays.

Visit www.stagecoach.co.uk/stokenewington

Froggy Manga

Every Thursday.


4pm-5.30pm 16  (8-15 years, £10 per session). Each week, they feature different drawing themes and techniques and develop the children's general drawing/illustration skills step by step. The future themes will be related to Japanese Manga & Anime including Manga style figures, cute animals, fantasy creatures, robot, monsters and more! Also, the tutor will introduce Japanese language, culture and crafts.


5.30pm-7pm: Drop in Manga Workshop Table (All ages over 12 years old or 3-11 years with a guardian). A tutor will provide drawing samples/materials, art advice, and can do portrait commissions by request.

Visit www.froggymanga.com

The Rhythm Studio at Dalston Studios

Children aged 8-adults can choose to play guitar, drum or sing in a band and perform in an end of term gig or one-to-one drum tuition is offered on the drums, piano or singing (age 6+) or guitar or bass (age 8+).

A 10 week term costs £250. Visit www.therhythmstudio.co.uk

Make Do Kynaston Road

This place is fantastic and is run by an incredibly creative and enthusiastic mum.



Razzamataz Theatre School

The Petchey Academy in Shacklewell Lane on Saturdays (9am for 4-5 year olds, 11am for children aged 6-12+. Email hackney@razzamataz.co.uk

L'ecole Des Crocodiles

The school offers affordable French classes to children 0-12 (French as native language) and  5-11 (French as foreign language). Classes for adults available too Mon-Frid. For more info and to register: